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1987-1988 School Year
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1987-1988 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: Smooth Operator, C. Owens, C. Shapiro, Head Coach Levain Carter, Baby Spud, T. Nelson, Icy-C. Back Row: C. Hewitt, R. Bunker, Chuck Chill, J. Harrison, K. Philips, A. Richardson.

The 1987-1988 Tiger basketball program was looking up after last year’s third place finish.  Coaches Levain Carter, Ray Crump, Michael Winston and newcomer Jay Roland looked forward to the team being extremely competitive.

The Tigers opened the conference season with a resounding win over Edison, 77-59.  The team gained confidence winning by nine points against Henry, 77-68, and Southwest, 59-50. 

Perennial conference power North was next on the agenda.  The Tigers played North tough but fell 70-65. 

South then went on a five-game conference winning streak.  Roosevelt fell 77-48.  The Tigers cooked the Millers 66-55.  The Tommies were caged 62-40.  The Patriots fell 66-56.  Southwest went down 56-47.

This set up the second game with North.  North was undefeated while the Tigers only lost one game, to North.  North proved they were the best in the conference winning 70-54.

The Tigers finished the conference season defeating Roosevelt 71-61, and Washburn 73-51.

In non-conference action, the Tigers beat a tough Park Center team by one!

South’s overall record, according to the yearbook, was 12-4.  In the Minneapolis Conference, the team finished 10-2, second only to North.  Senior Captain Nevin Taylor said much of the talent as a team was acquired over the summer when many members had the opportunity to play together at a basketball camp in Iowa, according to what was reported in the yearbook.

The yearbook said, Head Coach Levain Carter’s discipline and knowledge helped the players utilize and improve their skills.